This summer , some 100 miles off the coast of Rhode Island at the edge of the continental shelf, Michael Lombardi is expected to descend into the abyss in a new deep-sea diving suit called the Exosuit. Lombardi, of East Providence, is a professional diver with 15 years of experience. During the test, he hopes to spend 3 to 5 hours underwater, at a depth of some 1,000’.
The Exosuit is a 530-pound, 6.5’ atmospheric diving system made of cast aluminum alloy. The $1.3 million suit has been 12 years in development and features 1.6-hp, foot-controlled thrusters and 18 rotary joints in the arms and legs to provide freedom of movement.
Training will begin in May in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, for Lomardi’s weeklong stay offshore.
For more information on the Exosuit go to Michael Lombardi’s Blog, A New Life in the Sea.